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1. Becker, Stefanie. Cold War in Asia: China's Involvement in the Korean and Vietnam War.

Degree: MA, East Asian Languages & Cultures, 2015, University of Kansas

As essential components of the Cold War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War have played significant roles in global policy among the Western forces under the leadership of the United States and the Eastern bloc led by the Soviet Union in the 20th century. Communist China, founded in 1949, was also part of the countries behind the Iron Curtain and provided substantial support to North Korea and North Vietnam in their fight against their ideological enemies. Despite the extensive research by scholars on the Korean War and the Vietnam War, as well as China’s role in both of these wars, it is interesting to know whether China’s role and attitude had changed from one war to the other. This thesis examines and compares China’s military interference in the Korean War in the beginning of the 1950s with its involvement more than ten years later in the Vietnam War through the investigation of China’s motives to enter the wars and their ways of support in connection with the development of foreign relations. While contrasting China’s role and involvement in Korea and Vietnam, similarities, but also major differences become distinguishable. This thesis argues that these major differences indicate a Chinese rethinking about a possible involvement in Vietnam because of China’s domestic problems and its foreign policy developments at that time. Advisors/Committee Members: Greene, Megan (advisor), Xiao, Hui Faye (cmtemember), Yun, Kyoim (cmtemember).

Subjects/Keywords: Asian history; Asian studies; History; China; Korea; Korean War; Vietnam; Vietnam War

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APA (6th Edition):

Becker, S. (2015). Cold War in Asia: China's Involvement in the Korean and Vietnam War. (Masters Thesis). University of Kansas. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19013

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Becker, Stefanie. “Cold War in Asia: China's Involvement in the Korean and Vietnam War.” 2015. Masters Thesis, University of Kansas. Accessed October 21, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19013.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Becker, Stefanie. “Cold War in Asia: China's Involvement in the Korean and Vietnam War.” 2015. Web. 21 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Becker S. Cold War in Asia: China's Involvement in the Korean and Vietnam War. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Kansas; 2015. [cited 2019 Oct 21]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19013.

Council of Science Editors:

Becker S. Cold War in Asia: China's Involvement in the Korean and Vietnam War. [Masters Thesis]. University of Kansas; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/19013

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